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Fish & Wildlife
"Our fish and wildlife program is founded on partnerships and based on the best available science. Together with federal, state and tribal governments, watershed groups and land conservancies and many others throughout the Columbia River Basin, we are improving conditions for wildlife and bringing fish back to our rivers.”
Bryan Mercier, Executive Manager, Fish and Wildlife Division
Select a video form the playlist above and see some of the good work we do.
Fish and wildlife protection is fundamental to BPA’s public service mission as a trustworthy steward of the region’s natural resources. Along with power and transmission, fish and wildlife protection is one of the three elements of BPA’s mission statement. BPA supports healthy fish and wildlife populations while supplying electricity from the nation’s largest source of clean power – the federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

BPA carries out this mission by implementing the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Through its partners, BPA implements biologically sound and cost-effective measures to restore habitat, protect land and water, improve passage at the dams and operate state-of-the-art salmon and steelhead hatcheries. As a result, Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead are returning to our rivers and to tributaries and streams where they haven’t been seen in decades.

The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program is developed by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and funded by BPA’s electricity ratepayers to help protect and enhance fish and wildlife affected by the federal hydropower dams.

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​Fall chinook swim by the viewing window at Bonneville Dam, September 2014. Chinook returns to the Bonneville Dam in 2014-2015 have been the highest on record – well over one million fish.